Career Profiles of Employees: How to Create Successful, Satisfying and Healthy Careers Using Career Resources

Hänggli, Madeleine; Hirschi, Andreas (31 May 2019). Career Profiles of Employees: How to Create Successful, Satisfying and Healthy Careers Using Career Resources (Unpublished). In: 19th EAWOP Congress (European Association of Work and Organizational Psychology) - "Working for the greater good: Inspiring people, designing jobs and leading organizations for a more inclusive society". Turin, Italy. 29.05.-01.06.2019.

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Purpose: Nowadays, careers are less structured and predictable due to changes in the work environment. Thus, personal resources become more important because employees need to actively manage their careers. In this study, we aim (1) to identify different profiles of career resources, (2) to examine patterns of resources that typically occur together, and (3) to investigate the effect of the specific career resources knowledge and skills, motivation and environment on outcomes.

Design: We conducted a longitudinal study with 1’570 employees at T1 and estimated 350 employees at T2 one year later. To validate the profiles, we use a cross-sectional dataset. To test our hypotheses, we used latent profile analysis.

Results: Results show that different profiles of career resources exist. Further, these career resource profiles can be predicted by personal and contextual antecedents. Additionally, the identified career resource profiles predict career-related outcomes, such as career and life satisfaction as well as perceived stress and exhaustion.

Limitations: We exclusively relied on self-reports and cannot claim causality based on our longitudinal data.

Implications: We discuss theoretical as well as practical implications that further advance our understanding of “when, how, and for whom” different career resources are developed and result in successful careers. Moreover, assessing probable resource caravans seems to be an important step for further research and practice.

Originality: This study adds to the conservation of resources theory on career resources by taking a person-centered approach as a complement to the more traditional variable-centered approach.

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Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)


07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Psychology
07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Psychology > Work and Organisational Psychology

UniBE Contributor:

Hänggli, Madeleine, Hirschi, Andreas


100 Philosophy > 150 Psychology
300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology




Madeleine Hänggli

Date Deposited:

31 May 2019 14:01

Last Modified:

05 Dec 2022 15:26


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